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Housing inventory relief may be on its way, data shows

There might be light at the end of the housing inventory tunnel. The latest data shows both single-family starts and residential construction permits were up last month — and experts say both are a sign of good things to come.

The oldest and youngest counties in the country — and how age influences home prices

The nation’s 100 most populated counties vary greatly in median age. And according to a new analysis, that age may influence local home prices, too.

Selling your home? Redfin might want to buy it

Having a hard time selling your home? You might want to try Redfin. The online real estate brokerage is getting into the buying game with its latest Redfin Now service.

Looking for a luxury home? 23 cities become million-dollar housing markets

Buyers looking for a luxury home might be in luck. According to new data, the country will gain 23 more million-dollar housing markets by the end of next year.

Marketing a home to Millennials: which room is most important?

Want to sell your home to Millennials? Then you might want to upgrade the kitchen. According to a new survey, it’s the most important room in the house.

Home flipping for cash? These cities hold the most potential

Itching to get in on that fixer-upper trend? Then get ready to head to the Midwest. According to new rankings, that’s where most of the nations’ top home flipping markets lie.

Despite rising house prices and mortgage rates, home buying power’s still strong

Actual house prices might be rising, but according to new data, home buying power is still pretty high. In fact, according to the Real House Price Index from First American, U.S. home buying power is actually up over seven years ago.

Up and coming real estate personal assistant offers Siri-like experience

Want to know how much utility bills on that house you’re eyeing will be? Not sure what to offer or what a home is worth? Thanks to a new real estate personal assistant, you’ll soon be able to ask your phone or smart speaker for just such information.

This state has the highest home maintenance costs

Don’t want to spend all your cash on boring home maintenance costs? Then avoid buying a house in New Jersey. According to a new analysis, the state boasts the highest home maintenance expenses in the entire nation.

Tired of the rent race? Here’s where buying a house is more affordable

Though home prices are rising in much of the country, there are still places renters can save serious cash by buying a house. The city that boasts the most savings? According to new data, that’d be Clayton, Georgia.

Thinking of renovating? Focus on these high-ROI renovation projects

Considering a little remodel? If you want the most bang for your buck, you may want to focus on the kitchen and bathroom only. According to new data, that’s where the home’s highest-ROI renovation projects lie.

What will homes look like in 2036? A new study tells us

The future of single-family Single-family homes are getting bigger. And according to a new study, by 2036, they’ll run 3,000 square feet each, on average — a full 1,000 more than the average 1999 home.  Homes of tomorrow Porch.com recently analyzed housing trends to predict what homes might look like down the line. And what they […]

Attention, landlords: These college towns offer the biggest ROI

Considering becoming a landlord? Then you might want to head to Texas. According to a new analysis, the Lone Star State is home to six of the nation’s 20 highest-yielding college towns.

Where homebuying is hardest: The nation’s most competitive housing markets

Hoping to buy a home on the West Coast? Then you might have a hard go of it. According to a new analysis, the region is home to all but one of the nation’s 10 most competitive housing markets.

Homebuying competition drops; now’s the time to buy a house

If you’re considering a home purchase, now might be the time to act. According to new data, homebuying competition is declining, with just 14 percent of Americans planning to buy in the next 12 months.

The lowdown on down payment grants

Down payment grants bridge the gap between their savings and the required down payment for a mortgage. And, the money often doesn’t have to be repaid.

Big city buying: The best metros to buy a house in – and the worst

Want the big city life without all the pollution, traffic and high costs that come with it? According to a new study, Seattle’s your answer.

New app makes FSBOs easier; cuts out realtor commissions

Looking to save on those realtor commissions? Want to sell your home without an agent? A new app may be able to help.

Buying a house? Here’s where you’ll see the most appreciation

Buying a house and want to see serious returns when you sell? Then head west. According to a new forecast, homes in Washington and Nevada will appreciate the most in the next year.

The best cities for first-time homebuyers

Rising house prices and a lack of starter home inventory has made things difficult for today’s first-time homebuyers, but according to new data, there are still some places where first-timers can get a deal. The No. 1 best place? That’d be Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

Millennial credit scores aren’t perfect – but they’re still buying homes

Millennials now make up the biggest share of homebuyers in the country, but their credit is far from perfect. In fact, according to new data, average credit scores of Millennial homebuyers ranged from 662 to upwards of 750, depending on the city.

Moving out of state: Here’s where Americans are migrating

Out of state moves are on the rise and according to a new analysis, Washington, D.C., North Dakota and Wyoming are the top destinations. A whopping 9.1 percent of D.C.’s current population moved from another state in within the last five years.

Average rents hit all-time high — even in small towns

Home prices might be up, but rents aren’t any better. In fact, according to new data, the average rents clocked in at $1,405 last month–the country’s highest rents of all time.

Selling a house in the summer? These features can help you do it — and for more cash

Putting your home on the market? Selling a house for a client this summer? According to a recent study, certain outdoor features can help you do — and get more money in the process.

Construction jobs rise; will housing inventory do the same?

The latest news out of the Bureau of Labor Statistics may bode well for the housing market — and Americans looking to buy into it. According to the BLS’s recent jobs report, construction employment was up by 13,000 in June and has risen more than 280,000 since the start of the year.

Selling your home? Here’s where you’ll make the most bank

If you live on the West Coast, you may want to consider selling your home. According to new data, some Western homeowners made as much as $296,000 by selling their properties last year – and considering home values have only risen since then, today’s sellers stand to earn even more when putting their home on the market.

Can’t afford a house? Share one – it’s all the rage

The number of young adults sharing a home is on the rise – especially with people they’re not related to. Unable to afford a house on their own, a whopping 3.3 million share one with non-relatives, an 80-percent jump over 1990’s stats.

Building permits offer hope for homebuyers out West

Western homebuyers can rejoice. If a recent rise in single-family residential building permits is any indication, the area could see an influx of new inventory in the coming years.

Shopping for a luxury home? New AR tech can help you find the perfect one

Luxury home shoppers are in luck. Thanks to a new augmented reality tool, shopping for high-end homes – and envisioning the possibilities in them – is now easier than ever.

Confidence in housing market hits 4-year high

Rising home prices and mortgage rates can’t keep homebuyers down. According to a new survey, confidence in the U.S. housing market is at record highs—particularly across the South and West.

Renters pay too much for too little, new studies show

Things aren’t looking good for renters. According to new data, most can’t afford to live where they want, and the places they can afford? They don’t offer the amenities renters are looking for.

Home prices aren’t that high, history shows

Rising home prices have certainly made headlines in recent months, but according to historical data, housing’s still relatively affordable. When factoring in things like income and other data, home prices are still 32.1 percent below their 2006 peak.

Bargain beach houses: The nation’s most affordable seaside towns

It turns out beach houses don’t have to break the bank. According to a new list, 10 American beach towns offer the best of both worlds — affordable housing and seaside views.

No-commission real estate agents sell your home at a fraction of the cost

Want to sell your home without paying that 6 percent commission? One real estate agency is looking to turn the old model of selling a home on its head, offering no commission realtors throughout the Northeast.

Home equity gains hit $1 trillion; Western homeowners come out on top

It’s a good time to be a homeowner. According to new data, American homeowners have gained more than $16,000 in equity over the past year—and even more growth is on the horizon.

New condo concept puts resort living within reach for Millennials

Luxurious resort living without the luxury price tag? Thanks to a new condo concept in Park City, Utah, it just may be possible – even for cash-strapped Millennials.

The city with the most vacation homes and investment properties might surprise you

Though most would assume the nation’s top spot for vacation homes, investment properties and second homes would be someplace warm, sunny and on a beach, that couldn’t be further from the truth. According to a new ranking, the city with the most non-owner occupied homes is none other than landlocked Oklahoma City.

Where rent prices have jumped the most

If you’re living in a Tampa or Houston apartment, it may be time to get out of the rent race and into a home. According to new rankings, the two cities have the fastest growing rent prices out of all major metros in the nation.

Under-$100K homes aren’t unicorns; here’s where to find them

The nation’s median home price might sit around $200K, but in some cities, buyers can find a home at half that. In fact, according to a new analysis, 10 U.S. cities are downright havens for under-$100K homes, with Pittsburgh leading the pack.

Homebuyers: Here’s the safest place to buy a house

Safety’s an important factor for homebuyers — particularly ones with families and children. So where in the U.S. is the safest to buy a house? According to a new analysis, it’s Vermont.

Here’s how much the American dream home costs

Just how much does the average American dream home cost? According to a new survey, about $1.3 million (or more, if you’re male or a Millennial.)

Millennials: Here’s where the most starter homes are

Today’s younger home buyers have faced a dearth of starter homes in recent years, but it seems that some markets are bucking that trend. In fact, in San Francisco, nearly half of all home listings are entry-level properties.

New Construction Homes Hit One-year Low; The Time to Buy is Now

Home buyers considering new construction should act now. According to new data, new homes have dropped to their lowest point in 12 months, decreasing nearly 7 percent since April.

Rental property investors: here’s where to buy to maximize ROI

Where to buy rentals Though average rental investors can expect a yield of about 8 percent on each home in their portfolio, in some cities, those returns are almost doubled. According to recent data, investors in Kansas City and Pittsburgh can make 14 percent or more. Kansas City is king According to the most recent […]

Home prices decrease in 27 cities; here are the top 10

Home prices are climbing – but not everywhere. In fact, according to a new report, there are actually a handful of cities where prices have dropped in the last year. Could they hold the key for homebuyers seeking affordability in today’s hot market?

Selling your home? Use these outdoor projects to up its value

Want to get top-dollar when selling your home? Then focus on your lawn. According to a new study, simple maintenance and care not only increases a home’s appeal to buyers, but also adds serious property value as well.

Home buying power still high, despite rising prices and rates

It might seem like home prices just keep rising, but according to a new analysis, today’s housing is actually still pretty affordable. “Real” home prices—those adjusted for income and interests rate changes—are currently 32.5 percent below their housing boom peak from 2006.

Live long and prosper in these successful cities

Want to live long and prosper? Then head South to Odessa, Texas. The city was recently named the most prosperous in the nation.

No down payment? These are the best cities for saving up

Would-be homeowners often cite down payments as their biggest hurdle to buying a house. But according to new data, the city they live in could play a role in their savings habits. Could moving help them save that down payment faster?

Homebuyers say their children’s opinions carry big weight

Really want to sell your home? Then keep the kiddos in mind. According to a new poll, more than half of homebuyers consider their child’s opinion when deciding which house to buy.

Home flippers: these are the best states for ROI

For home flippers seeking big returns, it seems Pennsylvania is the place to be. According to a new ranking, the average house flip brings in a 162.4 percent return on investment and nets owners more than $105,000 in profits.

Home builders confident in months ahead

Current and would-be home buyers have reason to celebrate. According to a new survey of home builders, confidence is up in the single-family home market – and it’s only going to keep getting better.

On the horizon: where home values should rise and fall

Home buyers looking for a place to build equity should look to the northwest. According to new data from Veros, that’s where homes will see the most appreciation over the next year. Home values in the Seattle metro alone are expected to jump 11.1 percent by next March.

Want a fast, lucrative sale? What day you list your home matters

When it comes to selling your home, it’s all about the timing. In fact, according to new data from Redfin, which day of the week you list your home on could have a big impact on its sales price – as well as how long it’s on the market.

NJ town takes crown in vacation home rankings

Ocean City, New Jersey is apparently the vacation home capital of the U.S. The city is home to more than 50,000 separate vacation properties – more than any other town in the country.

Solar panels, craftsman and coffered ceilings: The home features that impact sales price the most

Want your new home to be as affordable as possible? Then avoid listings with “solar panels,” “craftsman” or “coffered ceiling” in the description. According to a new analysis, those three features can increase a home’s sales price by up to 40 percent.

Millennial home buyers see time-to-close shrink to four-year low

Millennial home buyers are in luck. Thanks to increased adoption of digital mortgage processes, today’s up-and-coming buyers now enjoy the shortest time to close since 2014.

Downsizing? Here’s where the nation’s best tiny homes are

On the hunt for a tiny house? Then make your way to California. According to a new analysis, the state’s Riverside has the most tiny home listings in the entire country.

New survey: Sustainability important to home buyers and agents alike

The real estate industry is turning green. According to a new survey of Realtors, sustainability is becoming increasingly important to home buyers and their agents alike.

Who is the American home buyer? Probably not what you’re expecting

The times, they are a-changing – at least when it comes to who’s buying homes. According to new data, the face of the American home buyer is evolving, trending “increasingly female, graying and childless.”

Where to go for a green home: the country’s most eco-friendly neighborhoods

On the hunt for a green home? Ohio’s your answer. According to a new ranking, the Buckeye State claims three of the top 10 best neighborhoods in the nation when it comes to green housing.

Millennials on the move: the best and worst states to live in

For Millennials looking to buy a home, a new ranking suggests heading anywhere but the South. That’s where the majority of the nation’s worst states for Millennials are located, with New Mexico, West Virginia and Mississippi leading the pack.

When it comes to eco-friendly housing, location is everything

Though it’s often assumed that eco-friendly housing comes with an inherently higher price tag, according to a new study, that may not be true. In fact, in some areas, green homes may even be more affordable than not-so-eco-friendly ones are.

Where home prices haven’t peaked: the nation’s safest bets to buy – for now

Though a new report shows that just over half of U.S. housing markets have median prices above their pre-recession peaks, there’s a silver lining: the other half still boasts historically affordable homes. In fact, in some major metros, home prices are as much as 25 percent lower than their pre-recession peaks.

Single-family rents continue their climb; lower-priced properties see biggest jump

If you’re renting a house in hopes of saving money, you might want to re-think that strategy. According to new report, single-family rents are up significantly over the year – particularly on lower-end properties.

On the job hunt? These are the best cities to move to

Looking for a new job? You might want to pack up and move West. According to a new ranking, the country’s best cities for job seekers are largely on the Pacific Coast, with five California towns making the top 10.

Home sales get even easier with Zillow’s latest service

If today’s red-hot market isn’t offering fast enough home sales, you might want to look to Zillow. With a new program called Instant Offers, the site can now bring instant cash offers right to your door – no listing, marketing or showings necessary.

Millennials rely more on real estate agents when home buying; Gen Xers more independent

It seems Millennial homebuyers are more likely to lean on their real estate agents than buyers in other generations. According to a new study, Millennials are more willing to rely on agent recommendations and less likely to do their own self-directed research before buying a home.

Where not to buy a home: the nation’s most expensive housing markets

It’s no secret that home prices have risen in recent months, but in some housing markets, they’ve gone off the charts. Where are the most expensive places to buy a home? A new study has the answers.

On-demand real estate agents are just an app away

You’ve hailed rides using a mobile app before, but have you hailed real estate agents on one? If not, a new tool called ArriveHome seeks to change that.

America’s best place to live isn’t where you think it is

Looking for a new place to call home? You might want to consider Ann Arbor, Michigan. According to a new ranking, it’s the No. 1 best place to live in America – and for good reason.

Homebuyers want to text their realtors; these emojis can help

It seems real estate agents should get to work on their texting skills. According to a recent survey from Ellie Mae, homebuyers are increasingly expecting to text with their realtors – as well as other industry pros – as they go about the buying process. Fortunately, a new emoji app can help.

Who are today’s homebuyers? New survey breaks it down

Single, female homebuyers are on the rise, according to a new survey, accounting for 18 percent of all home sales in 2017. Just 7 percent of home buyers last year were single males, while 65 percent were married couples – marking the third year in a row this segment has dipped.

Want more money? Move to America’s highest paying cities

What are America’s highest paying cities? You might be surprised by the answer.

Out-of-state moves rise for the first time in decades

The number of U.S. residents moving out of state has declined since the mid-80s. But according to new data, that trend might finally be ending thanks, in large part, to Millennials and Baby Boomers.

New study reveals Millennials spend nearly $100K in rent costs by age 30

If Millennials needed more reason to join the housing market, RENTCafe has just offered it. According to a new study from the apartment listing site, the average Millennial will spend a whopping $93,000 in rent costs by the time they’re 30.

Where are Millennials, Gen Xers and Boomers headed? The top housing markets by generation

It’s not just age that separates the nation’s biggest generations. According to recent data from Realtor.com, it’s also preferences in housing markets.

New augmented reality home staging app makes buying more personal

Tired of touring empty homes that just don’t feel like you? Can’t imagine yourself in a house due to the current owner’s starkly different tastes in décor? Thanks to a new virtual home staging app, these challenges are no more.

Homes selling faster, in unexpected places across U.S.

As a homebuyer, acting fast is vital in today’s market – even in some of the nation’s smaller markets. According to new data, homes averaged a mere 62 days on market last month, the lowest February stat on record.

Existing home sales rise, especially in South and West

After two months of consecutive drops, it seems existing home sales are finally on the rebound. According to new data, sales on existing homes jumped 3 percent last month and more than 1 percent over the year.

Millennial homebuyers make waves, stick near friends and family

Though Millennials may be known as tech-savvy disruptors to many, data shows they’re more traditional than most think. In fact, according to the National Association of Realtors, Millennial homebuyers consider proximity to friends and family more of a factor than either Generation Xers or young Baby Boomers.

Homeowners see biggest home equity jump in 4 years

Rising home prices might be getting buyers down, but for already existing homeowners? They’re offering serious financial benefits. According to new data from CoreLogic, the average homeowner saw their home equity jump by more than $15,000 last year alone – the biggest increase in four years.

Not sure where to buy a house? Try these happy cities

Can a home equal happiness? If you buy a house in Fremont, California it just might. According to a new ranking, Fremont is the nation’s happiest city, boasting ample health, employment and community opportunities.

Steer clear of the South: the best (and worst) states for women home buyers

Single women home buyers may make up one of the biggest segments of the market, but that doesn’t mean the world is their oyster. According to a new ranking, while some states offer women prime opportunities for employment, health, safety and overall well-being, just as many don’t. And most of those sub-par states? They’re in the South.

Need more reason to buy a home? These cities pay you to do it

We all know it costs to buy a home. But what if your city actually helped you with those costs, giving you free land, cash grants and other financial incentives just to move there? In a handful of American towns, that’s exactly what buyers can expect.

First-time home buyers: These are the best spots to move

Love sunshine and oranges? Ready to buy your first home? Then you might want to pack your bags and head to Tampa, Florida. According to a new ranking, it’s the No. 1 spot in the nation for first-time home buyers.

Bye, big metros: Secondary housing markets see spike

It seems home buyers are starting to look outside major metro areas – and even major suburbs, in order to find their dream homes. According to new data, demand is rising in outlier housing markets across the nation, with Spokane, Washington leading the pack.

Remodeling primed to rise; will HELOCs and refis, too?

It looks like 2018 is going to be a big year for the home remodeling market. According to new data, home improvement projects will clock in around $340 billion across the country this year – a jump of 7.5 percent over 2017.

Want to save cash? Avoid these places with pricy property taxes

Property taxes vary greatly across the country, either representing a mere blip on the radar or a massive, savings-depleting annual cost. Want to make sure yours fall into the former category? Then avoid New Jersey – and head to Hawaii.

Can home buyers in San Francisco finally be optimistic? These stats say yes

Home buyers in San Francisco may be in luck. According to a new ranking, the city saw the most growth in new construction last year – and rates are still climbing.

Should you buy a home in a state capital? Be choosy if you do

State capitals are some of the nation’s biggest and most bustling cities. But how many are actually good places to put down roots and buy a home? According to a new ranking, only a few.

Home sales hit record speeds; inventory recovers in some metros

Homes are selling like hotcakes. According to a new report from real estate firm RE/MAX, last month was the fastest-selling January in the last nine years.

More housing inventory on the way; construction, builder confidence up for February

Could our housing inventory woes be on the way out? According to new data, it very well could be.

Want safety? Buy a house in these cities

If you’re looking for a crime-free place to buy a house, it’s time to move Northeast. According to a new list from NeighborhoodScout, the region is home to many of the nation’s safest cities. The South, on the other hand, lays claim to the country’s most dangerous ones.

Economist says housing demand to rise in 2018, thanks to lifestyle shifts

A new survey shows that when renters buy a home, it will likely be a lifestyle change that motivates them – either getting married, starting a family or retiring. And according to one economist, as Millennial marriages and pregnancies rise in 2018, it should equal a rise in housing demand as well.

Tips for landlords: Beware of tenants who are identity thieves

Tips for landlords: how to avoid tenants who are identity thieves

Have housing prices finally stopped climbing? One forecast says yes

It’s the moment everyone’s been waiting for. According to the latest Home Price Index Report from CoreLogic, housing prices are finally turning around, and by the time January’s numbers are in, could even be on the decline.

One more reason to buy rental property: tax cuts for landlords

New tax cuts for landlords mean that if you don’t actively manage rentals yourself, the government has a present for you in the form of a 20 percent deduction.

New report: A third of adults plan to buy a home in next 5 years

Rising home prices or not, it appears the American dream of homeownership is still very much alive. According to a new survey, 32 percent of American say they’ll actually buy a home in the next five years.

The country’s hottest neighborhoods you can actually afford

If you’re looking to live in an up-and-coming area but can’t afford the price tag that typically comes with one, you may want to consider D.C.’s Hillcrest community. According to a new list, it’s one of 2018’s “hottest neighborhoods within reach.”

Can anyone afford to rent anymore? Analysis shows rents through the roof

Rents are getting more and more out of hand. According to a new analysis from Trulia, some regions have seen rents rise as much as 50 percent in the last 10 years. The nation, as a whole, has experienced rent gains of nearly 20 percent since 2012.

New start-up changes rent-to-own game, opens door to homeownership for millions

A new spin on the rent-to-own set-up, Divvy allows potential home buyers to move into their dream home early – long before they can afford it all on their own.

Cutting out the competition: The nation’s least competitive home buyers

If you want an easy time snagging that dream home, you might want to consider Youngstown, Ohio. According to a new study, the Midwestern city is home to the least competitive home buyers in the nation.

Don’t have deep pockets? Avoid buying a home in Washington

If you’re not looking to spend an arm and a leg on a house this year, then you might want to avoid buying a home Washington – and Seattle, in particular. According to a new forecase, home prices are expected to jump more than 12 percent in Seattle over the year.

Signs are good for housing market; CEO predicts strong 2018

Things are looking up for the U.S. housing marketing in 2018 – at least according to one CEO. It seems changing migration patterns and increasing housing starts all spell good news for the market as we head into the new year.

America’s best neighborhoods are in Chicago

Finding the perfect place to live is hard, but according to Redfin, Chicago might be the place to start. The Windy City is home to a number of the nation’s best neighborhoods – communities with affordable housing, high levels of inventory, an easy commute, low rates of crime and great schools.

Texas, Arizona top list for most popular U.S. migration spots

When it comes to moving, Americans largely headed south in 2017. According to new data, Texas was the top state for U.S. migration, while Tempe, Arizona, took the honors for top city.

Can’t save for a down payment? Your employer may be able to help

Need help saving for your down payment? Then you may want to find a new job. Thanks to a new offering from crowdfunding platform HomeFundMe, employers can now make down payments a bona fide part of their benefits packages.

Luxury real estate options abound, though tax reform could stall growth

Looking for the life of luxury? Then you’re in luck. The luxury real estate market isn’t as inventory-strapped as more affordable housing is. In fact, there’s actually a pretty wide selection of luxury properties on the market as we kick off 2018.

Hate traffic? These commuter-friendly metros might just be your dream come true

Don’t want to waste your life away with tedious and traffic-filled commutes? Then Eugene, Oregon, is the place to be. With a mere 19-minute average morning drive-time, it’s the nation’s single-best metro for commuters.

Lending gets easier for Millennial home buyers

It seems lending standards are loosening for Millennial home buyers. According to new data, the average FICO score for a Millennial buyer has dropped two full points over the last year. Scores are down even more on refinance loans.

Renting takes another hit; could housing step in and pick up the slack?

America’s rental market is on a downturn. According to a new report, not only has the overall renter population decreased in the last year, but rental prices have jumped as well. Could it spell good news for housing?

Don’t want a bidding war? Avoid these neighborhoods

Want to avoid a bidding war? You might want to steer clear of the West Coast — and particularly Seattle.

Will 2017 housing end on a high note?

This year’s housing market should close out with a better performance than 2016, and with a strong economy and an improving job market in the works, 2018 could spell even better things to come down the line.

Home prices rise – except in these states

If you’re looking to avoid skyrocketing home prices, then try heading North. According to new data, that’s the only part of the country where prices are bucking national trends – and actually falling month over month.

2018 primed for a banner housing year; builders confident while renting lags

Confidence up, renting down It looks like 2018 could be a banner year for housing. Not only has homebuilder confidence has hit its highest point in 18 years, but renting – and the building of rental units – is on a downturn. Both spell good news for the housing market. Buoyed builders According to the […]

Buying a home? Just 18 Bitcoin could do the trick

Buying with Bitcoin With Bitcoin value jumping more than 183 percent in November alone, there’s no doubt that cryptocurrency is booming. But could it be a viable way to buy or sell a home? Apparently, it already is. Cashing in on cryptocurrency As of Dec. 12, one Bitcoin was worth just under $17,000. And as […]

Are the days of under-valued appraisals over? One study says it might be

Appraisals start to match up Appraisals have long been the bane of home buyer existence. As home prices have climbed, appraisals just haven’t caught up, and the result has been more and more out-of-pocket expenses for today’s buyers, or a lost sale altogether. Fortunately, it looks like those days may be numbered. Buyers, appraisers finally […]

No-budge buying: What today’s home buyers aren’t willing to compromise on

A new type of dream home With inventory tight and prices rising, many home buyers are having to give up some of those “nice-to-haves” in order to find a house in today’s market. But according to a new survey, there are five major attributes buyers just aren’t willing to budge on. No compromise ValueInsured recently […]

The dream home: What does it look like for different buyers?

Buyer preference breakdown It appears the ultimate dream home looks very different from buyer to buyer. According to a new study, men, women, parents, non-parents and even dog- and cat-owners have distinct preferences when it comes to homes they’ll buy. There are even big differences between Android and iPhone users. Men vs. women Redfin recently […]

The 2017 tax reform bill and real estate: what it means if you’re buying a home

Many homebuyers and property owners have questions about the new tax reform bill and real estate. Here’s what you need to know about the possible effects on property ownership.

The Millennial home buyer gender gap: male vs. female mortgage characteristics

The mortgage experience is not completely equal for the male versus female Millennial homebuyer.

Selling a house without the hassle: full-service home prep available

Selling a house is a lot of work, specially the preparation. But a new service can take care of that for you. So you can increase your sales price without doing all that work yourself.

No Realtor? No problem. Let these robots take the wheel

Can real estate agent be replaced by robots? Not yet, but new technology helps your agent help you. Or lets you tour homes worldwide from your own home.

How tax reform will impact mortgage deductions

The tax reform bill passed by the Senate may have undesirable consequences for homeowners and home buyers. Here’s how it may impact your finances.

Seeking safety: The nation’s safest places to buy a home

Where are the safest cities to buy a home in the US? not just crime, but natural disasters and traffic safety are all concerns. This new ranking addresses them.

Forecast predicts boost in housing inventory, sales in 2018

Housing inventory is rising in many markets. That should increase the supply of affordable homes for new buyers.

New homes in high demand; sales surge as 2018 looms

Like new It’s all about new properties with today’s home buyers. According to new data from the U.S. Department of Commerce, sales of new homes spiked in October, jumping more than 6 percent over the month. Sales up About 685,000 new homes sold in October – up from 645,000 in September. It’s the third month […]

What do today’s homebuyers want in their real estate agents?

What do today’s real estate buyers want in a real estate agent?

Housing market forecast : Experts weigh in on 2018 real estate

2017 was a stellar year for real estate. But will real estate be a good value in 2018, and should sidelined home buyers buy now or wait? See our housing market forecast for answers.

Hope for Millennials? The 15 best states for today’s young home buyers

Homebuying hope There’s been a lot of talk about Millennial home buyers as of late – particularly how many just can’t drum up enough funds to enter the market. But according to a new list, there are 15 states where home buying isn’t just possible for Millennials – it might even be easy. Why West […]

Seeking affordability: Home prices most likely to drop in North

Moving North Buyers looking for low-priced housing in the next year or so may want to head North. According to the new Housing and Mortgage Market Review from Arch MI, Alaska, North Dakota and Wyoming are the states most likely to see home prices drop in the near-term. Alaska tops the list Alaska has the […]

Is 2017 the best year in housing markets? Or is the best yet to come?

Was last year the best year in housing markets ever? Some experts say this year may be even better for home buyers as more construction helps bring prices down.

Are home prices finally dropping? They just might be

Home prices have risen alarmingly recently, putting pressure on first-time buyers to find affordable properties. But things might be improving for those trying to buy a home this year.

New-home sales surge in October

Sales of new homes hit record numbers, matching levels not seen since late 2007. Is it time to buy a new-construction home?

Here’s where to move for retirement… and where not to

Where should you move for retirement?

Good deed by homeless veteran leads to $350K

Military veteran’s good deed doesn’t go unnoticed Kate McClure had no idea how she was going to get gas. Parked off an exit, past midnight she sat in her car. It was then a dark shadowy figure started walking towards her, a man with a large beard in a raincoat. “Lock your doors and stay […]

Confidence in new home construction: building starts and completion up

Builders are confident and doing well, and new home construction is up. This is good news for buyers who are looking for affordable homes

Mortgage refinancing in high demand as rates fall lower

Mortgage refinancing is popular again, as interest rates fall.

Can’t find an affordable home? Facebook may be able to help

Problems finding a nice and affordable home? You may have more resources than you think. Try Facebook Marketplace, the latest online home listing site.

Housing starts reach one-year high in October

Housing starts are on a tear, matching the highest levels since before the housing downturn ten years ago.

Renting credit score: You might need a higher FICO to rent than buy

If you thought mortgage lenders were tough on those with a less-than-great credit score, think again. In many cities, it’s harder to rent with a low credit score than to buy a home.

How will Trump’s tax reform proposals affect my homeownership plans?

Tax reform is trying to make its way through Congress. If passed, what would it mean for the everyday home buyer and home owner?

Moving out: San Diego draws most buyers from other metros

With housing heating up, people are able to makes moves they might have been putting off. And some nice towns have reaped the benefit of that — including San Diego, California.

Home construction comeback: Could more housing starts be on the way?

An increase in new home construction is good for today’s homebuyers.

Wages not rising as fast as home prices; NAR presents 2018 housing forecast

Post-hurricane jobs numbers not as strong as expected The October jobs report is in, and the numbers are a mixed bag. The U.S. economy added 261,000 nonfarm payroll jobs in October, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. A hiring rebound at restaurants and bars impacted by recent hurricanes helped boost numbers. However, October’s jobs […]

How millennials influence the housing market

Millennials impacting the housing market According to one national housing trend report, first-time buyers make up 47 percent of all purchases. Half of those buyers are under 36 years old. It’s safe to say that (finally!) millennials comprise a large segment of homebuyers. Millennials only group “moving up” in homeownership The Zillow report indicated that […]

Buyer and seller confidence is up: Is it time for you to become a homeowner?

Is it the right time to become a homeowner? Many home buyers and sellers believe that it is. And with interest rates still below 4 percent, you should probably consider homeownership as well.

Rising rent crisis: Tenants struggle to keep up as costs skyrocket

Rising rents don’t just make monthly existence hard for enters. They harm the economy for many of the rest of us.

Want the small-town life? The Northeast has the best small cities

If you like amenities but crave a small town atmosphere, these best small cities deliver. And hey are mostly in the northeast,

Where to buy: America’s most and least affordable big cities

if you;re looking for affordable big cities, you know it’s a tough ask. But we’ve just made it a little easier with this list of most and least affordable big cities.

Want to save cash? Save on closing costs and buy in Missouri

Want to save on closing costs? Try moving to a different state. Costs differ substantially by location. If that’s not possible, however, we have more tips for you at The Mortgage Reports.

Pending home sales flatline in September

It’s a jungle out there for home buyers Pending home sales remained unchanged in September from the downwardly revised reading of 106 in August, on the National Association of Realtors’ Pending Home Sales Index. Pending home sales: Was it Irma’s fault? The index measures future market activity based on contract signings. September’s reading is the […]

September new home sales soar to near-decade-best levels

New home sales are rising. And so is inventory, finally, as builders attempt to keep up with demand.

Realtors optimistic about next six months in housing markets

Housing markets are coming up roses, even though summer’s over. Here’s what you need to know if you’re buying or selling today.

Amazon Key service lets carriers unlock your front door

The new Amazon delivery service gives carriers the ability to unlock your front door to leave packages Ever bought a package on Amazon and thought, “I hope no one takes it off my front step?” Well, Amazon has announced a new program that will allow deliveries inside your home… when you’re not home. Welcome to […]

Houston, we have affordable housing

4 U.S. cities ranked among world’s most affordable Houston, Texas has some of the most affordable housing in the world. According to Bloomberg’s recent Global City Housing Affordability Index, it’s one of just four U.S. cities to make the top 10 list. The index considers average housing cost as a percentage of monthly income. The world’s most […]

Millennials are moving to the suburbs in bigger cars

Millennials are moving to the suburbs in rural areas in suburbs now that they’re able to purchase more. Not only that, but they’re buying bigger cars.

Your adult children are moving home: Don’t freak out

According to a research study, 25 million adult children ages 25-35 years old are moving back to their parent’s; the highest it’s been since the 1940’s.

Moving this fall? Here are the strongest housing markets this season

The South takes the cake If you’re looking to buy a home in this fall, you might want to consider heading south. According to Ten-X’s fall 2017 Top Single-Family Housing Markets Report, that’s where the majority of the nation’s strongest markets lie. In fact, the Lone Star State alone claimed the top three spots. Texas […]

Everyone’s optimistic about today’s housing market

Today’s housing market is churning — full of buyers and sellers — for good reason.Money is available and inventory is improving.

Home prices: Growth stalls out

Home prices are not necessarily skyrocketing everywhere. Take a breath and check out your market before you start worrying.

Single women experience slower home appreciation than single men

When it comes to the appreciation value of a home, single men see a better return than single women.

Millennials make up home buying majority in these obscure towns

Younger home buyers are dominating the housing market in some unlikely places. What’s drawing them to these little-known areas?

Home construction spending rises: Could it impact home prices?

Building is up, but so is buyer demand. Is increased construction spending by builders enough to alleviate price increases?

Home survey: more homeowners prepare to sell

Desperately low home inventory could become a thing of the past. More homeowners now think it’s a good time to sell.

Unmarried Women: Leaders in Homeownership

Generation Z, unlike previous generations, has to Recession-era baggage when it comes to real estate. These people are ready to own a home. If you’re one of them, here’s what you need to know.

New startup Loftium changing how we see down payments

if you’re buying a home in the (expensive) Seattle area, this new program by Loftium and Umpqua Bank might help. It provides down payments to those willing to participate in the program.

Generation Z is ready to own a home

Generation Z, unlike previous generations, has to Recession-era baggage when it comes to real estate. These people are ready to own a home. if you’re one of them here’s what you need to know.

Pending home sales fall even further in August

The NAR reported that August pending home sales fell again. This marks the third straight month of declining home sales.

Buying a house in areas hit by natural disaster

Buying a house in an area distressed by flood, hurricane, earthquake or other natural disaster is not as crazy as it sounds. It may be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for.

Breaking: Housing starts up, hurricanes dampen builders’ optimism

In the news, building starts were down in July; many believe due to hurricane activity.

Here’s how much Jay-Z and Beyoncé are spending on their mortgage each month

The king and queen of entertainment just took on a huge monthly payment — more than the average American spends on an entire house.

Wages Are Not Keeping Up With Home Prices: NAR

It’s clear: home sales are slowing because wages are not keeping up with home prices. Which type of consumer is benefitting in this market?

More homebuyers in the dog house: Pets play a big part in property purchase

Homebuyers today are not just buying for themselves. The needs of a pet or pets also matter when Millennials and others purchase property. With 61 percent of households including pets, this is an important trend.

Hope For Home Buyers: Cash Buyers Bow Out, Fall Is Coming

It’s the best time of 2017 to get pre-approved. Fall is coming, and it could become way easier to buy a home. Forecast and analysis.

Low Supply Chokes Off Home Sales

Home sales fell again despite the fact that many want to buy. A low supply is the culprit. Here’s what to do about it.

Harvard Research: The Future Of Home Prices In 2018

What will home prices do in 2017 and beyond? Find out what Harvard University researchers cam eup with in their latest study, The State of the Nation’s Housing — 2017 Edition.

Report: Homes Selling Faster Than Any Time In Recorded History

Home supply is tight, and homes are selling fast. Mortgage rates are favorable. Is it time to enter the market?

Selling A Home: Meet Gen X and Gen Y (Your New Buyers)

If you’re selling a home, it helps to know your market. Meet gen X and Gen Y, your buyers.

Will Home Buying Get Easier The Last Half Of 2017?

Home prices actually fell during the first quarter of 2017. Was the drop seasonal, or will home prices continue to decline this year?

Home Prices in 2017: Are We Facing A Real Estate Bubble?

Rising home prices this year could mean another real estate boom — or another real estate bubble. How can you tell?

How To Buy A House: 5 Home Buying Mistakes To Avoid

It’s hard to know what not to do — especially when it’s your first time buying a home. Here are 5 common but avoidable mistakes.

Low Rates, High Competition Fuel Lightning-Fast Home Sales

Median Days on Market still ultra-low as homes sell in less than a week in many U.S. cities. “You snooze, you lose”, as they say. Analysis and commentary.

Study: Home Prices Are 33% Cheaper Than In 2006

A study reveals that homes are much more affordable than they were at the height of last decade’s housing boom despite home value increases of late.

Report: 2017 Housing Starts Already Above Last Year’s Average

Home builders are trying to keep up with buyer demand. Prices are on the rise, but mortgage rates remain historically low. Time to start home shopping?

Buying A House: How To Deal With Tough Competition

Buying a house in a hot market requires a cool head. Consequently, would-be buyers must be prepared to act fast and pursue effective strategies to win their desired dwelling.

Staging Your Home Helps It Sell 73% Faster, On Average

Selling your home? Make sure you stage it for sale. Staged homes sell 73% faster than non-staged homes; and sell at higher prices, too. Here’s how to do it.

Pending Home Sales Foreshadow Strong 2017 Housing Market

For the 31st straight month, the Pending Home Sales Index bested its benchmark reading of 100. It’s no wonder home prices continue to rise nationwide.

Report: Single-Family Housing Starts Are Near Their 2016 Best

Home builders are trying to keep up with fierce buyer demand. Prices are on the rise, but mortgage rates remain historically low. Is it time to start your home search?

Buying A House: 7 Hidden Benefits Of Home Ownership

Buying a house delivers many more benefits than the roof over your head. Here are 7 more reasons to consider homeownership today.

How to Buy An Affordable Starter Home

Looking for a starter home? They are in short supply, but it’s possible to find an affordable first property. Here’s how.

Dos And Don’ts For Boosting Home Equity

Increasing Home Equity: Top 7 Home Improvement Tips To add maximum home equity when you renovate, start by choosing the right projects.

What’s My House Worth? 4 Ways To Find Your Property Value

“What’s my house worth?” With today’s rising property values, your hous may be worth more than you think. Here’s how to find out.

Housing Market Forecast : Experts Weigh In On 2017 Real Estate

2016 was a stellar year for real estate. But will real estate be a good value in 2017, and should sidelined home buyers buy now or wait?

7 Things People Overlook When Buying A Home

When buying a home, look beyond the staged setting of an open house. It takes a bit more digging to make an informed decision.

Condo Values Rising Fast In 5 Major Metros

Is a better to buy a condo or a single-family, detached home? Recently, condos have held value better. Analysis of the condo market, plus live condo mortgage rates.

Buy A House In Your 20s With These Flexible Mortgages

The emerging generation is as much interested in home buying as any generation before. Fueling the enthusiasm is a new menu of affordable mortgage programs.

What To Know About Buying A Short Sale

You get an average 11 percent discount when buying a short sale. But these homes are not always a good value. Take these steps before making an offer.

How To Plan For Homeowner Costs You Didn’t Have As A Renter

You can estimate the additional costs of owning a home and budget accordingly to ensure an enjoyable homeownership experience.

Young Buyers Take A “Job-Centric” Approach To Home Buying

Young adults are shopping for homes where they are likely to find a job as well. Low mortgage rates make it easier to afford homes in employment-rich areas.

$165,000 To Move. $165,000 To Remodel. Choose Wisely

Selling a home and buying another comes with significant costs. Would it be better to build an addition onto your home?

5 Home Upgrades With The Highest Return On Investment

Home improvements are highly personal, but homeowners should consider whether the upgrades will command a higher price from future buyers.

What Would It Cost To Own These Famous TV Homes?

Television is often unrealistic, especially when it comes to the homes the characters live in. How much would it cost to live in these fictional residences?

Would College Students Rather Rent Or Buy A Home?

Today’s mortgage programs make it possible for college students to buy a home. Still, most of them choose to enjoy the freedom of renting.

2016 Top 5 Most Unaffordable Cities In The United States

In Q4 2015, the Home Opportunity Index rose to 63.3%. However, this is only because mortgage rates remained low — and buyers are glad that they did.

Buying A Home Moves Beyond Just “Location, Location, Location”

The old real estate adage — “Location, location, location” — may not be the most important piece of advice today’s home buyers need to hear.

How “Repair Credits” To The Buyer Can Sabotage Your Home Sale

When buyers and sellers look for common negotiating grounds, it’s common for the buyer to request home improvements to be made prior to the sale. The request may be phrased in any number of ways: “The hardwood floors are warped and we think the seller should pay for it.” “There…

2018 Conforming, FHA, & VA Loan Limits

Mortgage loan limits for every U.S. county, as published by Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)